The Old Morgan House — Ray Paquette and Gord Cross Memories

The Old Morgan House — Ray Paquette and Gord Cross Memories

The Words of Ray Paquette

I grew up, ages 7 to 12 years old, living in the apartments in the former hotel that is prominent in the first photo (Snedden Hotel). During our youth, we spent a lot of time at the station and not on rare occasions earning the wrath of Mr. Mitchell for climbing the Norway Maples that lined Miguel Street.Mr. Dunphy was in charge of the Express/Baggage as assisted by Mr. Simpson in Express and Joe Hawkins in Baggage. *Mr. Raeburn was the Station Master (he lived on Lake Avenue east in your current home (Springside Hall). Ted Lemaistre worked the telegraph and assisted Mr. Raeburn.Trains ran through Carleton Place beginning at about 2:30 a.m. with the Trans Continental from the West ending the day about 9:30 p.m. with the final Toronto Pool train.The Ottawa newspapers arrived in Carleton Place aboard the 4:30 Toronto Pool Train and all the carrier boys congregated in the express area to get their papers for distribution throughout the town. Later Mr. Paul won the contract from the newspaper and delivered the papers to the back of Ernie Foote’s Photography that was on Bridge Street about three doors south of the Queens Hotel.

The Words of Gord Cross

I, too, lived in this building for a year or so. When we moved to CP in 1944 we rented the house at 16 Rochester St. Dad was the salesman for Canada Packers in the area. In ‘48 the owners of the Rochester house decided to move back so we had to get out in May. There being no rentals available we rented a cottage at Lake Park and my sister Gwen and I rode our bikes to school each day. I was in Central and she was at CPHS. That fall we moved into this building then later into the Pye house on the other side of the tracks almost opposite to the station. While in the apartment I played with a new bunch of kids, often being chased away from the station where we enjoyed the luggage wagons. One of the group was Deanne Buffam who years later came to Renfrew as Deanne Dunlop (her daughter was actually our doctor’s nurse, and moved into the home adjacent to mine. Small world.

Snedden Hotel on Moore Street (Franktown Road)– the building across the street used to house a rag business and was The Grand Central Hotel.. Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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Valerie SherrardKevin St Jean pretty sure Uncle Ronald was born there

Tammy MarionRuth Sawdon I remember a Kit Morgan living there in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Bill RussellTammy Marion Mike and Kit. Played slot cars in the huge front room on many occasions with Kit.😎

Ruth SawdonYvonne Robillard That would be them, I babysat the boys when they lived on Moore St. in the long row house beside the dairy. Their dad, Johnny Morgan was a brick layer. Really nice people.

Sarah PhillipsMy parents lived here when they got married and always refer to the building as ‘Morgans’

Anne CramptonRemember when Rick Rick Heather Deschamps lived in that house, long ago.

Tom MontreuilMorgan sold it years ago .miss Morgan passed a couple years back and sadly Chris had a heart attack and left us a short time ago spent a lot of time in that house as a young lad with Chris miss him was a great freind

Dale CostelloLived in this home as A very young lad. Also delivered the Toronto Star and The Star Weekly. Not sure if I made a profit or not as street hockey was number one nightly.

Did You Know we Once Had a Grand Hotel? The Grand Central Hotel

Then and Now–SRC– Ray’s Recollections

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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